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MA in Public Media Fundamental Courses

Fundamentals I - Theoretical and Ethical Contexts

(Students choose one course for 3 credits)

Recently offered courses include:

PMMA 5101 - Freedom of Expression
This course examines the history and theory of freedom of expression in the United States. We will trace the philosophical and political origins of free speech, examining key assumptions about human nature, individual liberty, and the role of government in a Democracy underlying the First Amendment.

PMMA 5103 - The Environment and the Media
The course will examine the ways in which environmental and conservation research and initiatives are used to develop effective policy proposals at local, municipal, national and global levels. We will look at the role the media play at the organizational, governmental, and public levels in formulating - successful and unsuccessful -- public knowledge, and effective policy proposals.

PMMA 5106 - Race, Gender and Digital Media
This course analyzes representations of social class, racial and ethnic identity, and gender and sexuality in digital media. The class will use a mixture of hands-on activities with contemporary media (such as blogging, journaling, and online discussion) plus more traditional readings about theories of representation and embodiment.

Additional courses in the curriculum include:

PMMA 5102 - Press, Politics, and Public Policy

This course covers the interaction between the American mass media, politics, and public policymaking. We examine some of the most important interactions between the press and politicians to answer questions about the role of the media in American society.

PMMA 5104 - Theories of Media, Culture, and Society
This course uses primary sources to deepen students' understanding of the inter-relationship between media, culture, and society. One of the main objectives is therefore to build students' reading and analysis skills by exposing them to difficult theoretical material in an environment designed to help them learn to read this kind of text.

PMMA 5105 - Media Ethics
This course will examine the practices of mass media from the standpoint of producers and the public, with focus on intellectual property, privacy, confidentiality, conflict of interest, censorship, corporate responsibility, and new technologies.

Fundamentals II - Technology and Civic Engagement

(Students choose one course for three credits)

Recently offered courses include:

PMMA 5201 - Social Media and Civic Engagement
This theoretical course focuses on how social media impacts political participation, crowdsourcing (and the role of mobile), the role of digital networks in contemporary social movements, networked/participatory citizenship.

PMMA 5203 - Technology and Public Communication
This course provides students with a disciplined understanding of the communications industry through the exploration of communications techniques being used today to promote social change.

PMMA 5204 - Civic Media
This course comprises of civic media, including units of technology for development (ICT4D), citizen journalism, activism and art, collective action, hacker culture, crowdsourcing, open government, and games for social good. Additionally, it focuses on questions of design and asks how best can we, as media creators, encourage certain behaviors/types of citizen.

Additional courses in the curriculum include:

PMMA 5202 - Digital Media and Social Responsibility
This course examines the choices and responsibilities that shape personal identity and common humanity for those who regularly employ the tools of digital media and computer technology. Regular use of digital media enables individuals to separate from their physical selves and from the community spaces in which they have traditionally lived. This course focuses on the resulting ethical tensions.

PMMA 5205 - Social Entrepreneurship
This course provides an overview of the use of business and entrepreneurial skills to drive social change. Students will analyze different definitions of social entrepreneurship, examine the fundamental theories and frameworks of social entrepreneurship, and engage with current debates around social change. Social ventures around the New York City area will be used as case studies of sustainable solutions to social problems.